Tour At A Glance

Cost:

475.00

Deposit:

100.00

Single Room Supplement:

None

Tour Code:

Intermediate with 3-4 miles walking per day. Wellingtons essential

Group Size:

8 plus leader

Woodcock Shorelark Tundra Bean Goose Little Owl Hen Harrier Spotted Redshank

Norfolk - Wild Geese Winter Break

Date: 13th - 16th December 2018 [SPACES]
Leaders: Ashley Saunders

Introduction

 

Pink-footed Geese

 

Winter is a magical time of year to visit Norfolk for a birding trip. With milder winters becoming more of a theme, our wildfowl numbers now tend to drop away quickly during January and February, and the really large numbers of geese are now best observed during the month of December. With this in mind we have timed this new short tour specifically to observe the large numbers of wintering Pink-footed Geese, along with several scarcer species such as Tundra Bean Goose, Russian White-fronted Goose, Barnacle Goose and maybe even something rarer - Snow, Lesser White-fronted, Taiga Bean, Greenland White-fronted, Cackling and Red-breasted Geese are all occasionally recorded in amongst the flocks! The spectacle of watching forgaing geese during a crisp winters morning, or seeing them cascade out of the sky out of a Norfolk sunset to roost, is a real treat indeed. Of course there will be much more to see over the weekend, such as flocks of offshore seaducks, grebes and divers, delightful Shorelark, Snow and maybe Lapland Buntings, wintering Twite, masses of shorebirds and of course birds of prey. Winter roosts are at their peak in December and we will watching Hen Harriers ghosting across the saltmarshes at dusk, seek tiny Merlin perched sentinel like atop the coastal bushes and perhaps be fortunate to find a Rough-legged Buzzard or Short-eared Owl hunting the coastal dunes and grazing marshes. Our tour includes a full day in the East Norfolk Broadland area, visiting a number of sites for wildfowl and raptors. We will have great opportunities for more first class goose-watching, with the wintering flock of Taiga Bean Geese a possibility. We also visit the marshes around Halvergate and Reedham, and look for wild swan flocks as well as more raptors and huge flocks of European Golden Plovers and other wading birds. Your tour leader will be Ashley Saunders and you can expect to see around 120 species. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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